Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to taste glory in the League Cup, as he feels it will serve as a stepping stone to winning more trophies in the future.

United last won the competition in 2017 under former manager Jose Mourinho, while Solskjaer's side were knocked out in the semi-finals last season by derby rivals and eventual winners Manchester City.

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"We are desperate to get our hands on a trophy, these players are desperate to learn how to win," Solskjaer told reporters ahead of Wednesday's quarter-final match with Everton at Goodison Park.

"We want to improve every season and to improve on last year is to get to the final and, of course, when you get to the final there's only one thing that matters and that's to lift the trophy."

Solskjaer has yet to win any silverware since taking charge at Old Trafford and recalled how some of the club's recent greats found success after first lifting the League Cup in 2006.

"I remember winning my first trophy," Solskjaer said. "Even towards the end of my career, I think it was Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic's first trophy in the Carling Cup.

"I think that was their first trophy and it does give something to a team."

Solskjaer said midfielder Jesse Lingard will return to the squad for the first time since September.

The 28-year-old has only featured in the League Cup this season, missing other games as he was forced to self-isolate after coming in close contact with those who tested positive for Covid-19.

"He's been working hard in training. He's been unfortunate with having to isolate a few times, been in contact, or close contact with Covid, not even having it himself," Solskjaer said.

He's been very unlucky being away from the training ground a few times. He works really hard and he'll be involved in the squad, definitely, on Wednesday."

Forward Mason Greenwood will also be in contention to face Everton after being an unused substitute against Leeds.

Solskjaer said: "Mason is fit enough to play, he was on the bench. Luke [Shaw] came off with an injury, that had to be done, Edinson [Cavani] has been out for a while, I needed to get him going and Bruno [Fernandes] is one that I also have to protect. It just wasn’t to be for Mason to come on. He will be in the squad unless something happens in the next couple of days, yeah.”

(With additional reporting from Reuters)

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